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Project O: Ignite – When charity and music collide

Tracy Pham

Fri Sep 06 2013

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WITH Project O: Ignite gone for the year, Tracy Pham reflects on the evening and shares her highlights from the evening of September 1.

On September 1, RMIT University’s Indonesian Student Association, PPIA RMIT, presented their musical event – Project O: Ignite. Held at Harbour Kitchen in Docklands, the night showcased some of Melbourne’s best talent while championing the cause of education for disadvantaged children in Indonesia.

This year, the Indonesian university students of RMIT were able to feature an awesome line-up for this year’s Project O event with acts including: Amistat, Woodlock, Fox+Sui, Undervienna Skies, Crewpook , Or Not?, Grace Leota and Logis Lost Ft Epashabbk.

Other local artists surrounded the stage with every live musical performance that occurred, which helped make Project O: Ignite a memorable experience to be had.

During the four hours that these talented acts performed, the audience and myself were purely captivated by the incredible way these musicians could emotionally stir and affect everyone in the room.

Having spoken to one of the musical acts of the night, Fox + Sui, the duo expressed music’s potential to inspire.

“Music conveys the thoughts and feelings we are unable to say. By creating music, we are able to speak volumes to those that may find similar meaning in the words and sound waves,” Fox + Sui, said.

The atmosphere of the evening was fun and friendly for the most part. The event provided an opportunity for audiences in attendance to appreciate the many different genres of music, including  rock, indie, classical and others.

The performances by Fox + Sui and Amistat were among my of my favourite of the night. Josef and Jan Prasil – twin brothers who together form the musical group, Amistat  – were easily recognisable due to their acoustic set, Sui’s voice (from Fox+Sui) was enchanting.

Elsewhere in the event, attendees were able to participate in other activities including sampling Indonesian snacks at the Food Fair, enjoying the showcase of handmade Indonesian crafts, and a whole assortment of games.

But of course, the core focus of the event was to support the less fortunate back home in Indonesia. Though the night was joyous and filled with music, it seemed only natural to use people’s love of music to do a little good.

Altogether, one could say that this year’s Project O delivered – ensuring that a celebration of good food and music would help do good for our less fortunate neighbours.